California Supreme Court makes it harder for Three-Strikes Prisoners to get Sentence Reductions
"Judges have broad authority in refusing to lighten the sentences of 'three-strike' inmates, despite recent ballot measures aimed at reducing
the state’s prison population, the California Supreme Court ruled Monday.
In a 4-3 decision,
the court said judges may freely decline to trim sentences for inmates
who qualify for reductions under a 2012 ballot measure intended to
reform the state’s tough three-strikes sentencing law.
Justice Leondra R. Kruger, an appointee of Gov. Jerry Brown, joined the more conservative justices to reach the result.
decision aimed to resolve questions posed by two ballot measures in
recent years to reduce the population of the state’s overburdened prison